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Recent content by AveryBartels

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    Hummingbirds

    A location would be very helpful for context but in general, it often happens that during the breeding season (late May-June) Hummingbirds will stop visiting one's feeders, or at least decrease in numbers.
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    Unknown vireo? Virginia mountains, US

    Worm-eating was my initial impression as well
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    Hummingbird from Costa Rica ?

    It is evidently a juvenile, based on the orange gape, which complicates things somewhat as juvenile hummers are rarely illustrated in field guides. However, I can't seem to find anything to suggest it is not a Brown Violetear. The tail is all shaded so the dark subterminal band is not evident...
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    Eagle or Vulture or ??? Eugene, Oregon USA 2022/06/14

    FWIW, from my experience it is Bald Eagles that tend to have wings described as "barn doors"....maybe a case of regional vernacular difference....
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    Mindo, Ecuador. April 2022

    One correction to the above, 6 = female Purple-bibbed Whitetip. Note the longer very straight bill vs the very slight curve in the lower mandible of female brilliant. Agree with pbjosh that the bird back right on pic 5 is a Rufous-tailed Hummingbird.
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    Which Flycatcher? Sevilleta NWR, US, April 20

    Either Gray or Dusky Flycatcher. I'm slightly leaning towards Gray due to the more prominent eyering, apparently distinct(-ish) white edge to the outer tail feathers and more rounded head.
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    Unusual Woodpecker ID in U.S. Taxidermy Collection

    I applaud your thinking outside the box but in this case I think we can be confident it is indeed a woodpecker. The bill does look a tad odd but I think that is part due to the angle n each photo and perhaps shrinkage/loss of cartilage over time (?). To me it looks fine for a Woodpecker, and...
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    In Ecuador, around Quito

    1. Plain-colored Seedeater; 2-3. Shining Sunbeam; 4. Great Thrush - looks a little dark for Chiguanco Thrush which is scarce, based on ebird reports, around Quito and 5. Shiny Cowbird
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    Another Flycatcher: Ensenada (Puntarenas, Costa Rica), 28th April 2022

    That small bill puts me firmly in the Nutting's camp
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    Bank or Tree Swallow - Marin County, California, USA

    Proportions are also better for Tree. Bank are quite slender with narrower wings whereas the in flight images show a stockier, broader-winged swallow more in line with Tree
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    Townsend's Warbler Colonel Samuel Smith Park Ontario

    Magnolia Warbler, and yes, a second calendar-year bird (hatched 2021) based on the extensive wear on the flight feathers in the wing. The plumage in this species is highly variable with overlap between the drabbest younger males and females so I would be hesitant to assign a sex.
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    Flycatchers Colonel Samuel Smith Park Ontario

    6 is hard to be certain of, it could possibly be Olive-sided, but all the others are Eastern Wood-pewee. Note the long primary projection evident in all pictures. None of the Empidonax flycatchers (such as Willow/Alder) will have primary projection as long as this.
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    need help with some hummingbird id from a trip to ecuador. pictures were taken in mindo, and milpe area

    Looks fine for Rufous-tailed to my eye, they're common in the lower areas around Mindo
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    Swallow ID query

    The odd one out is a Tree Swallow, nice clean white underparts, sharp contrast between dark cap/white throat and larger than the adjacent N. Rough-wingeds. I believe the apparent dark on the chest is an artefact of perhaps wind blowing the feathers slightly, exposing the dark feather bases.
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